Get their look: Minimalist industrial kitchen

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We love this minimalist industrial kitchen. There’s a wonderful sense of space with a double height ceiling and internal glazing that divides spaces without closing them in. Huge windows let light flood in, the white walls and polished concrete reflect and enhance it.

Open shelves mean everything is easy to hand for cooking and cleaning. Lots more white is introduced through crockery and kitchenware. Softer wood tones balance out the harder industrial materials, herbs and plants naturalise and soften the space. The room works so well – practical and unfussy yet full of interest.

There is a variety of ways, large and small, to introduce an industrial feel into a space. From up-cycled scaffolding poles and boards, rubber flooring, wire baskets, vintage factory pendant shades and task lighting to banks of drawers, pigeon holes and lockers in distressed metal or wood.

  1. Vintage circular dough boards
  2. Heavy duty industrial shelving
  3. Antique wooden masher
  4. Vintage enamel bread bin
  5. Large black enamel jug
  6. Vintage industrial floor mirror
  7. Vintage industrial lab stools
  8. Vintage zinc metal dolly tubs

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Get their Look: Vintage industrial kitchen

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We love the interior photography work of Chris Snook, much of which you can find online, and this vintage industrial kitchen is no exception. It’s full of the type of thing we have in our own kitchen. The vintage tin food canisters & containers, mix & match Prestige Skyline utensils, upcycled storage solutions and old enamel signs.

If you love this kitchen, take a peek at the rest of the cottage – it’s just fabulous!

  1. Mini milk bottle
  2. Pod coffee maker
  3. Large vintage enamel ‘Beware’ sign
  4. Vintage enamel bread bin
  5. Vintage Tala pastry cutters
  6. Yours and mine mugs
  7. Pyramid electric kettle
  8. 2-slice toaster
  9. Vintage Worcester Ware food canisters
  10. Wire egg holder

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Get their look: vintage industrial work room

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We’ve chosen this wonderful vintage industrial work room for this week’s Get their look post. It’s full of interest yet uncluttered and very practical. There are designated areas for storage and working. Lots of natural wood and metal tones and a floor to ceiling blackboard to quickly jot down lists, notes, messages and thoughts. Superfluous decoration is kept to a minimum, but the bold counter-front lettering and geometric rug really lift the space.

Take a look below at some of the things that will help you recreate the look.

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  1. Out There Interiors metal wire storage rack: £95, Notonthehighstreet
  2. Printers block letters: from £4.95, Notonthehighstreet
  3. Blackboard paint: £5.95 (500ml), Wilko
  4. Remington Travel Riter typewriter: £133.60, Etsy
  5. Jielde 2-arm Signal table lamp, white: 231,00€, Made in Design
  6. Vintage industrial lab stool: £40, Etsy
  7. Indoor/outdoor area rug: £162.00, Wayfair
  8. Wire desk tray: £35, H is for Home

How to bring a vintage industrial feel into your home

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Vintage industrial style draws its influence from a variety of sources – factories, mills, schools, science labs, garages, hospitals and theatres. It shouldn’t be thought of as just suitable for loft apartments or factory conversions – the look can be brought into all kinds of domestic, retail and restaurant spaces. It’s been a very strong interior style over recent years and we think it’s definitely here to stay. Items incorporated into a scheme can be original vintage or modern with an industrial twist. Individual pieces also sit very well in an eclectic mix of old and new which has a timeless quality in terms of interior style.

If you like the idea of bringing a vintage industrial feel into your home, here are a few of the ways you can make it happen.

Retro tripod lamp from Furniture Village in our sitting room


Factory pendant light-shades are very much in vogue. Some people like theirs in the classic old industrial green enamel, a bit worn with a few chips. Others like the style and shape, but prefer them shiny and clean in bold, fresh colours. It’s a perfect example of how the look can be achieved through original vintage pieces or modern interpretations.

This tripod light from Furniture Village is a another great example. Taking its design from old theatre or TV studio lighting, it’s a striking sculptural piece. It has lots of presence in a room even when switched off… and looks very dramatic when lit at night.

Detail of lit retro tripod lamp from Furniture Village in our sitting room

Vintage workbench & lathe lights have a strong industrial look. They have flexible arms and tilting heads which make them very practical – perfect for bedside, reading area or office. Brands such as Mek-Elek and Newton are the most sought after.

We also like hanging task lights which have a metal cage protecting the bulb within. These often originate from old car factories or garages. They look fabulous suspended from the ceiling on a long cable.

Even bare bulbs can look amazing – modern bulbs with the old style filaments are now widely available; as is the woven fabric flex in various colours which completes the vintage industrial look.

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Most spaces need seating so there’s lots of opportunity to bring in a bit of industrial chic here. Machinists chairs, lab stools and tractor seats have the classic look that’s sought after… and again, there are both vintage and contemporary on the market.

Chair frames in distressed metal and layers of worn paint have real character. Rows of cinema seats, refectory and canteen benches can also give the desired look.

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If you’re good at DIY, you can up-cycle inexpensive wooden pallets to build shelves. Pinterest is awash with brilliant ideas for both inside and out. You could also employ pre-used wooden scaffolding boards and poles to make all manner of furniture and fittings. Old workshop and hospital trolleys with tiered shelving can also be utilised – as can stacks of old fruit or bottle crates.

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Again, there’s a great deal of scope here. Filing cabinets immediately spring to mind. Old examples with worn, patinated finish in wood or metal are sought after… and if a piece looks a bit too tatty, but you like the style then it’s perhaps the ideal piece for restoration. Wood can be stripped and re-stained, metal can be shot-blasted and then polished – or resprayed in a colour of choice.

Many workshops have huge banks of small drawers to accommodate tools, screws, nuts & bolts. These can be put to a myriad of uses – from ingredients in the kitchen to stationary in the home office.

Pigeon holes from factories, schools and sorting offices can be used in a similar way – ideal for displaying items too with their open fronts.

School & gym lockers were built to withstand daily use and abuse by pupils. They’re sturdy and robust and are perfect for use in kitchens and bathrooms to store items such as brooms, mops, vacuum cleaners, ironing boards and other items that are best hidden away.

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Work surfaces

Work benches, sorting stations, trestles and sewing machine tables are all ideal to consider as re-purposed work surfaces.

They can function as dining tables, coffee tables, work desks and media consoles – in fact any surface you can think of. They tend to have a rough hewn or used appearance, giving bundles of character and charm.

Wheels and castors can add further flexibility with the ease of movement and re-positioning options.

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Finishing touches

Vintage industrial accessories complete look. The following items all work very well to bring a scheme together.

Factory & station clocks; enamel advertising signs; vintage school charts and maps; wire racks/baskets; tailors’ mannequins; old bobbins & reels; bus blinds; ladders & steps; letter stencils… whatever you think works!

Consider distinctive, quirky details too – add vintage castors to table legs, use science lab glass as vases, hang clip boards for shopping lists. Be creative – you’ll have hours of fun sourcing items putting your own unique look together!

So where can you pick up vintage industrial pieces? There’s lots of it out there if you search. Scour car boot sales, architectural salvage yards, internet stores and of course, eBay. Be patient if you’re looking for a key statement piece – it will turn up eventually! Having said that, if you find something that’s ‘almost right’, it’s probably best to snap it up –  then if absolute perfection turns up, you can sell the first piece and replace with the new. A really good thing about antique & vintage pieces is that they hold their value very well – sometimes even increasing in price.

We live in an area where historically there were many industries present including textile mills, dye works, iron and brick works, mines and quarries. Many of these businesses haven’t survived but the buildings that once housed them have; local auctions regularly sell their now defunct contents. Pieces should be readily available in most areas however, as dealers will travel the country looking for pieces that fit in with sought after styles.

Further vintage industrial inspiration can be found in the books below…

Vintage Industrial: Living With Design Icons book Industrial Chic: Cult Furniture, Design and Lighting boock Reclaiming Style - Using salvaged materials to create an elegant home book Industrial Chic: 50 Icons of Furniture and Lighting Design book


Forthcoming Attractions: Mid-October 2015

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collection of various vintage homewares

This week’s buys have a distinct vintage industrial and haberdashery feel.

vintage industrial desktop perpetual calendar and vintage dome-faced Smiths wall clock

We’ll start with a couple of office accessories – a Smiths wall clock and perpetual calendar, both with a grey metallic finish. Very cool and masculine!

pair of vintage cane mannequins

Slightly more feminine are these vintage wicker mannequins – useful for crafters of course, but very sculptural as interior decor pieces also.

three pairs of vintage wooden shoe lasts

We always pick up these shoe lasts when we come across them. They come in a variety of styles & shapes which adds interest to a collection – the wood often has a wonderful colour & patina too.

two vintage wooden stools with painted legs and a set of green-painted ladders

Painted furniture is much in evidence this week. The aged duck egg blue of the step ladders is a lovely shade – perhaps a candidate for one of our Home Tones posts!

painted antique pine chest of drawers and vintage industrial Memlite lamp

This workbench light is a classic piece of vintage industrial style – the design, wear and colour all make it very desirable for fans of the look.

detail of vintage industrial Memlite lamp showing makers mark

It was produced in the 1930s era and the Memlite brand is well-regarded by collectors.

painted antique pine chest of drawers and large vintage leather trunk

This Victorian pine chest of drawers is a lovely size and simple style. It’s been over painted, but has aged quite nicely – and the cream colour isn’t bad. We could leave it untouched, strip the paint or distress slightly. Choices, choices!

large vintage leather trunk

No decision required for this vintage travel trunk. It’s going to look gorgeous with a simple bit of wax and leather cream.

large vintage leather trunk showing interior

Wonderfully aged leather, nice metal locks and stud detailing – the interior is so clean & tidy too. It’s a real beauty!

collection of various vintage homewares

Items will be available to buy in our online shop, eBay or antiques centre space in the next few days.

Pick of the Pads: Modernist Mill

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Kitchen and stairs in a modernist mill

We’ve chosen this wonderful Italian modernist mill conversion for this month’s Pick of the Pads.

'Modernist Mill' article title page from Elle Decoration

It’s the home of fashion designer, Barbara Garofalo and is featured in the July 2015 edition of Elle Decoration – it even gets on the cover!

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Factory spaces aren’t common in Rome, and this former wool mill provides an amazing structure with which to work.

Minimalist dressing room in a modernist mill featured in Elle Decoration magazine

 It’s airy, clean and uncluttered… and we love it!

Minimalist bedroom in a modernist mill featured in Elle Decoration magazine

The colour scheme is largely white with muted, natural shades – and just the odd flash of strong colour which works superbly well – the red kitchen cupboards or striped textile on this bed for example.

Minimalist lounge area with floor cushions in a modernist mill featured in Elle Decoration magazine

The huge floor-to-ceiling windows let sunlight pour in…

Minimalist workspace area with floor cushions in a modernist mill featured in Elle Decoration magazine

…and there’s a distinct vintage industrial feel to the décor with rough hewn wood, wire racks, baskets, hooks and trolleys.

Tall, white wire cage storage in a modernist mill featured in Elle Decoration magazine

The spaces flow into each other so well and it’s both homely and functional – a difficult balance to achieve. It looks pretty much perfect to us!